Exhibitions & Events

We're furnishing a modern wunderkammer with artistic interpretations of curiosity. We'll also focus on a few offsprings of curiosity, such as exploration, assimilation and the nature of scientific inquiry. Our exhibitions are still in the planning stages, but we’ve started to collect materials and build frameworks. Here are some of our current projects.

Online Gallery:

Chimeras: Spelunking into the Subconscious with Kevin Evans

Somewhere between flora and fauna, deep-sea darkness and blistering daylight roam the creatures of Kevin Evans like alien cave paintings come to slithering life. An artist based in San Francisco, Evans has been exploring the nether realms of his imagination for many years to create intricate and wondrous works for various publications and shows. We have asked him here to share a portrait gallery of his curious aberrations - a series he calls his Chimeras.

Upcoming in 2017:

Navigating the Invisible: Phantom Islands

Join us in our hunt for marine apparitions through history and close to home.


Paper Quilt by Monica Canilao

Paper collage consisting of 14 panels of photos and documents found in abandoned buildings around Detroit.

Sunday, August 6th 2017 8:00PM

Animated Curiosities Series

The program of short films is curated by award-winning animator Bryan Papciak and includes rarely seen marvels from Eastern Europe, Asia, Detroit … and a magical island. This is a free outdoor screening; feel free to bring a blanket or chair!

Friday, August 5, 2016 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Totems Riverfront Arts Festival | Riverfront-Lakewood East Park, Detroit

Islands of the Hollow Earth

If you recently saw a strange, glowing apparition along the Detroit waterfront, chances are you encountered a phantom island. Probably a phantom island conjured by the Seafoam Palace. Blending local history with a dose of intraterrestrial fantasy, our event Islands of the Hollow Earth floated up an eastside canal as part of the Totems Arts Festival on August 5.

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Sunday, March 19th 2017 2-4PM

Oddity Still Life Salon:

See things differently? Do you want to? Join us for a free salon-style drawing workshop.

We will set up several still lifes with objects both natural and unnatural, carefully curated from the Seafoam Palace vaults. Bring your own drawing paper or sketchpads, pencils, charcoal or other supplies.

We can offer some direction and basic instruction of still life drawing fundamentals such as shape and composition. But please note that this is an informal drawing session, not a class. No prior experience needed - everyone is welcome.

Our salon is hosted by artist Kim Couchot in Jefferson Chalmers, Detroit (exact address will be emailed upon registration). Space is limited and registration is required. This is a free workshop but donations are accepted and appreciated.

Price: FREE!

When: Sunday, March 19th 2017 2-4PM

Where:Jefferson-Chalmers, Detroit MI

Register Here